architecture

Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Here is a crowdfunding campaign to rule them all. A group of UK architects have begun an IndieGoGo campaign to raise roughly $2.9 billion that will be used to build a real life Minas Tirith, the beautiful, and very much fictional city from The Lord of the Rings. The group, which is led by Jonathan Wilson, is made up of architects and structural engineers who are clearly huge LotR fans. Their goal is build the fully livable city into the side of a mountain, as it was depicted in the LotR films.

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Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. This strange and unique object is the newest 3D-printed instrument from Monad Studio by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberb. The sculptural instrument is a part of their Abyecto series, which explores the relationship between sound and art. The design project takes its name, Abyecto, from the word abject which means wretched or deplorable. Showcased here is their 3D-printed, piezoelectric violin. It appears almost alien in nature, but it is designed to be played in the same way as a conventional violin.

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The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

Paris just made a bold step in reducing its carbon footprint. A New York design company, UGE, just installed a pair of wind turbines in the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous historic landmarks in the world, and now it's capable of harnessing clean energy. The quiet twin turbines are nestled above the second level of the tower. Their brushed metal matches the rest of the tower, and they don't obstruct the architecture.

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LEGO grows up: Ages 6-11 and Unlimited Potential

LEGO grows up: Ages 6-11 and Unlimited Potential

Upon learning I'd be heading to New York City this past month, the first thing I did was to seek out the local LEGO store. Going to a LEGO store is not the same as shopping at a mall - it's more akin to seeking out a local landmark. Going to a LEGO store is not the same as purchasing LEGO bricks at a Target or a Wal-mart. Visiting a LEGO store is an experience in and of itself - entirely unique.

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Apple Spaceship campus begins construction with life-sized models

Apple Spaceship campus begins construction with life-sized models

In what very much appears to be a play on the old school-bound project which asks what the use is of a life-sized map, Apple has begun constructing life-sized models of the structures that'll be included in their Spaceship campus. While we've previously put quotation marks around the word Spaceship when speaking about this campus in the past, it's been called that name so very many times at this point that we've decided to simply call it that as a matter of fact. Here we're seeing the first of a number of structures that'll be re-built for the final campus.

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Apple’s spaceship campus visualized in array of official renderings

Apple’s spaceship campus visualized in array of official renderings

Up close you'll get with the first set of renderings from Apple itself of the company's next-generation campus. This campus is the same you've heard about over the past year, the one nicknamed the "spaceship campus" due to its appearance, one of a flying saucer ring sort of thing. These images have been seen in brief in the past, but only extremely tiny-like for the public - now it's time to get a bit more in-depth.

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CyArk to digitally scan 500 world monuments in 5 years

CyArk to digitally scan 500 world monuments in 5 years

CyArk, short for Cyber Archive, is scheduled to digitally scan 500 of the world's oldest and most notable monuments over the next 5 years for posterity. The project uses laser scanners to capture full-size digital replicas of structures like the Tower of London, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Rushmore and others as determined by site submissions on the CyArk website. The project was founded by millionaire Ben Kacyra.

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Apple Campus approved in unanimously in Cupertino

Apple Campus approved in unanimously in Cupertino

It's official: the "spaceship campus" is ready to roll as the Cupertino City Council lends their unanimous approval of the Apple project at their October meeting. This month has already shown off a couple of views of the upcoming beast of an architectural project - now Apple can celebrate the initiation of the building itself. One move remains, of course, that being the second public reading of the formal agreement between Apple and the City of Cupertino, this scheduled for November 19th, with the full set of Apple's permits ready to hit the books the day after.

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